Archive for May, 2011

Disregarding End of the World, and Conspiracy Theory Myths

Recently the world was abuzz because of a theory from Harold Camping, the millionaire owner of the Christian Family Radio Network, that the rapture of Christians would occur on May 21, 2011. Although Harold Camping made a similar prediction in 1994, which obviously was incorrect, thousands of people sold, or donated, everything they owned to spread this message, and wait for the end of the world to occur. Obviously the sunrise on May 22, 2011, was a devastating shock to many of those people who had so completely bought into Mr. Camping’s false message.

Beyond Mr. Camping’s debunked theories, there is a constantly changing array of doomsday scenarios, whether it be the past Y2K predictions, or the current Niburu, Planet X, Nemisis, and 2012 predictions. Also, there are a never ending string of conspiracy theories involving the Illuminati, Freemasons, Bilderburg group, Bohemian Grove, etc. and their supposed desire to control the world. When these doomsday scenarios fail to materialize, or the conspiracies are proven false, new dates are set, or entirely new theories are created to take the former theory’s place.

The real questions in all of this is why would someone buy so fully into these fringe predictions, which are solely supported by shaky math, questionable biblical and ancient document interpretations, supposed psychic messages, or even a total lack of evidence (after all if you can’t prove it doesn’t exist, then it must exist)? Read more…

Surrounding Yourself with Positive People

Positive people lend positive energy that helps to raise your own emotional levels. Also, positive people lend wisdom, insight, and suggestions, that can help you on various spiritual and intellectual levels. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that studies have shown that people who have happier work environments are more productive at work, and take fewer sick days. Also, studies have shown that children who have happier parents generally do better in school, are more motivated, and are more emotionally balanced than their peers who have disgruntled or depressed parents. It has also been shown that people who have a close group of positive friends tend to be lead more productive lives while being physically and mentally healthier.

The good news is that you absolutely have the ability to control the people you associate with. If you have a negative group of friends, a negative work environment, or a negative relationship, you can attempt to change the mood or focus through positive influences, or you can simply disassociate with friends, find another job, or end the relationship.

Therefore in order to enjoy life, and enjoy living in the now,  you should try to surround yourself with positive people who have similar interests as yourself, even if they have different perspectives. For example, I belong to a group of men who meet once a month. When the group meets there is always an abundance of positive energy, which naturally facilitates open and honest discussions involving intellectual and spiritual topics. Each member has a unique life experience, and therefore unique viewpoints on spiritual and intellectual topics. The different viewpoints strengthen the group because it allows each person to view various topics from different perspectives, yet in a positive and constructive manner. Read more…

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